I found a really intriguing study that showed a turmeric mouthwash to be as effective as Prescription Chlorhexidine gluconate Mouth wash at reducing plaque index, Gingival Index and bacterial count in the mouth. The prescription mouthwash can only be used for short periods of time though because it has serious side effects like browning of the teeth. There were no observed side effects from the turmeric mouthwash in this study.
Is anyone aware of any other seemingly paleo mouthwashes?
Results: On comparison between chlorhexidine and turmeric mouthwash, percentage reduction of the Plaque Index between 0 and 21 (st) day were 64.207 and 69.072, respectively (P=0.112), percentage reduction of Gingival Index between 0 and 21(st) day were 61.150 and 62.545 respectively (P=0.595) and percentage reduction of BAPNA values between 0 and 21(st) day were 42.256 and 48.901 respectively (P=0.142).
Conclusion: Chlorhexidine gluconate as well as turmeric mouthwash can be effectively used as an adjunct to mechanical plaque control in prevention of plaque and gingivitis. Both the mouthwashes have comparable anti-plaque, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.
A caveat of this study is the small sample size, this one has a larger sample size, smaller p values, but no graphs: http://cms.herbalgram.org/herbclip/450/031223-450.html?ts=1375454165&signature=1f6d57ae6c0945727a7491aadc347936 .
Also it should be noted that Chlorhexidine gluconate is considered the gold standard mouthwash in dentistry, so the fact that turmeric was as effective as the gold standard is very significant considering turmeric powder is non-prescription, and seemingly free of side effects.
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on August 02, 2013
at 07:54 PM
You can do oil pulling with coconut oil.
on August 02, 2013
at 05:43 PM
I don't have a lot of experience with many conventional mouthwash alternatives, as my former boss (and still current dentist) was not "holistic" or what-have-you, and as a former chemical engineer before she went into dentistry, it just wasn't up her alley. The only natural alternatives that we regularly used or recommended in our office were myrrh and grapefruit seed oil.
http://jamesbronson.vpweb.com/upload/Botanical%20Remedies%20for%20Periodontal%20Therapy.pdf Mentions the myrrh tincture. This is something that she actually used herself before she became a dentist based on her cultural heritage and actually continued using thereafter. She would not have used it instead of chlorhexidine in the serious patient, but instead of using scaling treatments for a mild case of periodontal disease, she would recommend it's use and bring them back in three months to check for improvement. We generally saw it - but in a lot of cases, the patient may have just been more diligent in their oral hygiene. That article has some other herbs that sound promising - but I do not have personal experience with them.
When it comes to grapefruit seed oil, I don't have a lot of hard and fast information, sorry. This isn't something my boss recommended, but our hygienist, who I don't think was necessarily so scientific (she had some other pretty woo-ideas). I have seen it recommended a lot online, but I haven't seen the research to back it up so I am leery of passing on that suggestion.
(Former dental professional here).